When I search for a phrase and I get the ‘book’ that contains it, but it’s just that phrase surrounded by gibberish, how does that work? Is the whole book encoded and only the part I searched for is ‘translated?’ Are there just random pieces of coherence in each book? If so, why aren’t there more passages of random coherence in each book?
So basically my question is, how is it determined that my phrase was generated as part of that book?
The text you search for will be surrounded with randomized text to fill in the rest of a page. You’ll commonly get 3 or 4-letter words in the mix, but the thing about the Library is that whatever location that page is found on is where it would’ve always been, had you used the Browse feature instead.
The reason there’s not too many coherent pages is because of that randomization. Roll a 29-sided dice, and write down the letters it starts to give you (27 being a comma, 28 being a period, and a 29 being a space). You’ll find that very short words are common, but then it quickly stops making sense.
Are the different variations- surrounded by random characters vs words- in different versions of the library or all in the same one and just sorted differently? And how does the ‘exact match’ option work? I mean why is that one not filled with randomness, but has the phrase isolated on a page?